Gaijin Gunpla

I built the first RG, the RX-78-2, three times (!) and for some reason let the Char Zaku sit under my workbench for too long.  Well, the third Real Grade kit is the GAT-X105 Aile Strike and the test shots were so impressive, I had to jump on it right away.

Overall Look: 10/10

What else is there to say? It looks awesome. The Strike gundams have a unique look with some sharper angles than older Suits. I was pondering the evolution of the Mobile Suit and if you compare the older RX-78-2 type suits with those of the Strike and 00 Gundams you can definitely see a progression going from a blocky, squarish look to a very sharp, angled look. The Strike falls right in the middle and I think that might be why I like them most overall. Bandai has made this kit look amazing with plenty of detail and markings in all the right places.

Colors: 8/10

Again it’s the same white/blue/red/yellow combination but it works so well on this design. The different shades of white/gray on the armor are well done and the black on the Striker Pack sets off the cooler colors of the suit itself.

Weapons: 8/10

Love the design of the shield and the rifle is not far behind. Two Armor Schnieders and Beam Sabers are great, but I have a complaint. Why give me four of the bottom portion of the handle and only two of the top part. I mentioned this in my second build post and someone responded that two handles are for the Striker Pack and two for the Beam Sabers themselves, which is true of course, but I present to you this shot of the manual.

If I am reading this correctly, you should use the upper part of the handle regardless of whether it is going in the Striker Pack or holding the Beam Saber. So why not give me enough parts to make four complete handles? Or, pondering this again, is it possible I just didn’t see the other two C35 parts? I need confirmation!

Articulation: 8/10

I’m of two minds about this actually. Of course, you can see the articulation is good. The kit is very posable, mostly in the legs though, and is fun to play with but all that articulation is moot once the Striker Pack is on. You definitely need a stand to get the most out of the Strike/Striker Pack combination. One thing that makes it lose marks is that it can’t seem to stay flat-footed when you start widening the stance.

Build Design: 10/10

This kit is very solid and it seems Bandai cleared up some issues with the previous RG kits. On the RX-78-2 the shoulder armor was always coming apart as well as the skirt armor simply coming off. None of those issues affects the Aile Strike, I am glad to say.

This kit was more enjoyable to put together than the previous RG I have done and I didn’t get the feeling I was forcing anything nor was I getting confused when following the manual (for the most part ; ) )

Fun Factor: 9/10

The RG line is still new so even though the three kits are similar they are still much different from the regular kits we have spent so much time with and because of this the experience is enjoyable throughout. Having a Striker Pack to build as well also ups the fun factor quite a bit.

Extras: 9/10

Having an opening cockpit hatch on such a small kit is great and the side skirts open up to hold the Armor Schneiders is sweet.

It comes with that tiny yet full sticker sheet so you can add all that detail to your kit or as much as you choose to, of course. The stickers aren’t cut the same as the RX-78-2, which featured stickers large enough to cover entire surfaces allowing you to get the alignment perfect, and several times I had to ponder just how to get the sticker on the right way. Foil stickers for the back of the shield = additional excellence.

The gold stickers on the elbow joints are also easier to apply that those on the RX-78-2, but being the perfectionist I am, I poked them around with my design knife trying to get them perfect and I marked them up a bit. Oh well.

If you were to ask me right now which RG kit to get the Aile Strike would easily be my recommendation. It’s a great suit design and a great kit design without any areas which could lead to frustration or burn out. Now that Bandai has shown once again what this line is capable of I am eagerly awaiting more kits!

16 Responses so far.

  1. Dennis says:

    Looks nice, can’t wait to get mine. Should be leaving HLJ any day now (I hope). At least I wasn’t cheap and paid for EMS.

  2. Tom says:

    I have an idea with what I want to do with mines. 🙂

  3. QantaRaiser says:

    looks great. wonder what #4 will be? 00 maybe? or since they did the strike instead of the freedom maybe Exia. although i wouldn’t mine Wing gundam.

  4. Sunny says:

    4 will be the regular zaku, but that’s just a recolor of char’s. I would like to get a HWS or a G Gundam, or maybe do a Gp01FB

  5. Quanza says:

    #5th and/or #6th would be Stiker Packs. btw i still wondering if there will be RG Zeta or not. lol

  6. Sunny says:

    actually quanza, the striker packs were from dengeki, they were custom build by some modeler so not from bandai themselves. maybe dengeki will make a mold form them and do those special packs that come with their magazines

  7. Rocky says:

    I just learned that Gunplas are made in Shizuoka, Japan.
    Could there be radiations in the PVC used for Gundam Kits ?
    Do you know where this PVC comes from and if Bandaï is measuring the radioactivity level of its products ?
    Is it 100% safe to buy Gundam models today ?

    • syd says:

      Shizuoka is quite far from the nuclear plant in Fukushima. The government has been releasing radioactivity level information daily and unless you live in Fukushima directly there is no danger. Of course it’s safe.

  8. exxecutor000 says:

    Just finished assembling the RG Strike – impressive! Really enjoy it. Haven’t put the decals yet, but it looks great even with simple panel lining. Problem to share: the tab on the beam rifle’s handle – fell off easily. HGUC-style fixed-tab (e.g. Sinanju’s rifle) is better.

    A friend once told me that plastic (as most gunpla’s are made from) should be safe compared to metal (which can be radioactive when exposed to radioactive source).

  9. cabookie says:

    hey syd, could you do a translation of the colour chart for this kit? 😀 thanks. and do you have any tips on how to panel line over painted parts? thanks syd!

  10. ClayCannonII says:

    Just bought this baby, I can’t wait

  11. ClayCannonII says:

    To answer the beam saber handle question. I think bandai did it like this so you had to make a choice between the two. In the anime the Striker only has beam sabers when the Aile pack is attached, so the only beam sabers would be on the pack. This means that if Kira wanted to use a beam saber, he’d have to use one on the pack. So when posing with a beam saber(s) in hand, the other spot on the pack would be empty. Hope this lengthy explanation helped

  12. GunplaFan says:

    This looks amazing. Has a lot of stickers, which I personally don’t like, but still a must bye for me.

  13. Daminos says:

    I just finished my strike. I too have a few minor issues.

    First, the AILE pack is far too heavy and yes you need a stand to attempt a standing pose. Unless you point the lower thrusters straight down.

    Second and third follow on, the simple barbell joint and rear aileron to top thrusters need stronger anchorage. Three attempts during assembly to make those sit snug and secure and I still cannot secure them.

    Fourth, final, but the most cosmetic, The armor over the cockpit hatch does not fully encompass the gap at the waist. For all intents and purposes, it looks like the strike is trying to have an exposed navel… What?

    I thoroughly enjoy my RG kits now, putting the MKII AEUG was so much fun. As was the detail in my AILE Strike. But it just seems to be missing that polish the MKII AEUG had.

  14. YongKang says:

    Hey Syd, I would like to ask a question. What will happen if we top coat the shiny stickers? Will it be no more shinny?

  15. andrewinyoto says:

    My RG Aile Strike has many of its parts fall off.. For me, this is the wort kit in RG collection.. =(

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